The following comes from an August 7 Crisis Magazine article by Anne Hendershott:

Despite the Catholic Church’s unambiguous teaching on the “intrinsic evil” of abortion, Catholic Colleges throughout the country continue to promote student internships and volunteer opportunities at Planned Parenthood—the country’s largest abortion provider.

In 2011 the Cardinal Newman Society issued an investigative report documenting more than 150 current and past connections between Catholic colleges and Planned Parenthood. In A Scandalous Relationship: Catholic Colleges and Planned Parenthood, the Newman Society identified dozens of internships and fellowships available at Planned Parenthood through internship programs at Catholic colleges and universities. The report included premier Catholic colleges and universities like the University of Notre Dame, Georgetown, Marquette, Boston College, Seattle University, the University of San Diego, St. Louis University and many others.

Following the release of the 2011 Newman Society report, many Catholic colleges and universities removed the links to Planned Parenthood—but several did not. For example, New York City’s Marymount Manhattan continues to tout its opportunities for student internships: “Students have interned everywhere from Sesame Street and the District Attorney’s office to Planned Parenthood and the New York State Psychiatric Institute.”

Likewise, the University of San Diego continues to claim on its website that it offers student internships at Planned Parenthood.  Dominican University of California still claims to offer field placements through the university’s psychology department. Others continue to offer the internships—but make it more difficult for the public to access the information online.

In addition to the internships at the abortion providers, the report by the Newman Society also identified more than 100 Catholic colleges and universities which made job referrals; or identified faculty and staff members who had worked or are working or volunteering at Planned Parenthood. For example, University of San Diego Nursing Professor Kathy Shadle James, lists her “certification in Women’s Health through Planned Parenthood” in her faculty bio. Beyond the faculty and staff, the University of San Diego’s Political Science and International Relations Department lauded the accomplishments of Jessica Chapman, a recent graduate of the program, who worked as a “programming intern at Planned Parenthood Mar Monte assisting the development of donor events,” and “now works as a Parliamentary and Policy Intern at Family Planning Association UK in London while working as a sexual Health Awareness Volunteer for the Contraceptive and Sexual Health Field.”

Last December, the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota deleted Planned Parenthood and other pro-abortion internship opportunities from its website. According to University of St. Thomas President, Julie Sullivan (formerly the Provost at the University of San Diego), “The links (to Planned Parenthood) were published in error on the website of our College of Arts and Sciences and they are being corrected.” Unfortunately, others on the St. Thomas campus disagreed with Sullivan’s decision. According to The College Fix, Dr. Catherine Cory, director of the Murray Institute, an on campus Catholic institute, stated in an email interview that “If some of Planned Parenthood’s work is morally wrong according to Catholic moral teachings, does that make everything they do wrong?” Chloe Lawyer, a St. Thomas alum wrote that “it is a shame that members of the St. Thomas community are not even allowed to view these opportunities.” Lawyer, who had completed an internship at Planned Parenthood, lamented the decision by President Sullivan claiming that “Freethinking does not always align with Catholic values.”